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Surprising Celebrity Hobbies

Some of these pastimes might seem a bit strange, but really they are not so out of the ordinary when you consider the range of hobbies now on offer.

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Hollywood Actor Tom Hanks giving autograph

Hobbies are relaxing and help us cope with the everyday stresses of life. Celebrities lead busier lives than most of us so it should come as no surprise that many of them have hobbies too. That said, you might be surprised at what some of their interests include, although really they are no stranger than yours or mine.

George Clooney Makes Shoes

According to Listverse, George Clooney makes shoes in his spare time. He revealed that this is his favourite pastime on Reddit in 2014, stating that he is a better cobbler than Daniel Day-Lewis who also has the same passion.

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George Clooney at the premiere of “The Men Who Stare at Goats”, directed by Grant Heslov, during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009. Flickr

Kate Moss Plays Bingo

Kate Moss developed her love of bingo as a young girl and according to articles in the Telegraph and the Mirror, she still loves to play although these days she tends to play online.  She joins the many thousands of others who play on sites such as Buzz Bingo largely because of the variety of games.

 According to Cultbox, she is not the only one with this pastime. Mick Jagger even holds bingo parties at his luxury home, and there is no shortage of celebrity pals ready to attend.

 Bill Murray Loves Gatecrashing

 Bill Murray just loves to turn up where he is least expected. As well as making us all laugh on TV and the big screen, he loves to put joy into people’s day-to-day lives. There are many stories of him serving in bars, giving out drinks for free and even making surprise appearances at events. He has joined bachelor parties, engagement parties and even once crashed a private house party where he washed the dishes for the host. In fact, there are so many of these antics that a website, Bill Murray Stories, has been started to make them more public.

 Nicolas Cage And Comic Books

 Nicolas Cage has an obsession with comic books and has an extremely large collection. Even his surname “Cage” comes from the Marvel character, Luke Cage, as he did not want to be accused of using his true family name to further his career. He is actually the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, Coppola being his real surname. According to GEMR, his collection was built up, sold and then rebuilt. Although he has sold some of them again, he decided to retain most this time around.

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Nicolas Cage meeting with fans after filming a scene for National Treasure 2. Flickr

 It seems he collects many other things too; he has shrunken pygmy heads, a pet octopus and a dinosaur skull. He also has several exotic pets.  On top of that, among his collection of motor vehicles, there are nine Rolls Royce cars and 30 motorbikes. Property wise, he owns an island, a castle and a mansion that is said to be haunted.

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Tom Hanks Collects Typewriters

 Tom Hanks has a fixation with old manual typewriters and collects them as a hobby.  He is very proud of his collection and has developed an iPhone app known as Hanx Writer, so everyone can have a go.

 Some of these pastimes might seem a bit strange, but really they are not so out of the ordinary when you consider the range of hobbies now on offer.

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Oscar Nominees Furious Over Exclusion From Telecast

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild's industry siblings

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Hollywood filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro and leading craftspeople have condemned a decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hand out four awards during commercial breaks in the hope of trimming the shows (Oscars) run time.

Nominees and their colleagues from the commercial-banished categories of cinematography, make-up and hairstyling, film editing, and live action shorts slammed the decision in interviews and via heated posts on social media, reports variety.com.

“I find it depressing that they are doing this. Hopefully it won’t be like the part of the show where they play clips from the Sci-Tech awards dinner. That always feels a bit sad, like they didn’t get invited to the real party,” said cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a nominee this year for “Never Look Away”.

Deschanel is referencing the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards, held two weeks before the Oscars and typically hosted by a celebrity, which honours technical achievement in film.

Deschanel has been nominated six times stretching back to 1983’s “The Right Stuff”, but has yet to win.

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, a multiple-nominee for producing, directing, writing and cinematography for “Roma”, criticised the Academy’s decision.

“In the history of cinema, masterpieces have existed without sound, without colour, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without cinematography and without editing,” wrote Cuaron.

Three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki called it “an unfortunate decision”.

Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro said he “would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but cinematography and editing are at the very heart of our craft”.

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An Oscar Award.

“They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition. They are cinema itself,” del Toro said.

Drake Doremus, indie director behind the late Anton Yelchin’s “Like Crazy”, even called for a “boycott”.

In a memo outlining the changes, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey said representatives from categories that were shunted off to the commercial breaks volunteered to have their award presented off-camera.

However, the board members who represent those crafts don’t speak for the unions or guild membership.

The show’s director, Glenn Weiss, will determine what emotionally resonant moments from the four speeches make it to air later in the broadcast, according to an individual close to the production.

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The show will cut any comment from presenters, as well as any recitation of the nominees, said the insider. While Bailey said the speeches will air in their entirety, that may not be the case on the big night as broadcasters reserve the right to cut them, the source said.

“This decision could be perceived as a separation and division of this creative process, thus minimising our fundamental creative contributions,” said Kees van Oostrum, President of American Society of Cinematographers, in a statement on Tuesday.

“To find out so close to the actual awards that you’ll be in the commercial break, it’s disappointing,” Lee Smith, last year’s film editing winner for “Dunkirk”, said.

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild’s industry siblings. (IANS)